Samples taken from five locations found concentrations of more than 12,000 microplastic particles per litre of sea iceScientists have found a record amount of plastic trapped in Arctic sea ice, raising concern about the impact on marine life and human health. The findings come amid growing concern about the scale of plastic pollution which experts have warned risks the near-permanent contamination of the planet. One of the study’s authors, Dr Ilka Peeken said: “The high microplastic concentrations in the sea ice can not only be attributed to sources outside the Arctic Ocean. The study also found that so much plastic is now stored in Arctic sea ice, which then moves and melts, that it has become a significant system for transporting plastic particles around the region. Dr Jeremy Wilkinson, sea ice physicist at the British Antarctic Survey, described it as a “benchmark study”.
April 24, 2018 15:00 UTC
Two Sheffield universities are investigating four allegations of racism, including claims a black student was hit with a banana during an ice hockey game. Tyrell Pearce, a PE student at Sheffield Hallam University, said a supporter of rival Sheffield University threw a banana at him at a match last month. Three other incidents allegedly took place at Hallam library, according to Luke Renwick, president of Sheffield Hallam University students union. When his friends, both Sheffield University students, went to get some drinks, the problems began. Renwick said the timelag was unacceptable for those involved to wait and called on both the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University to hold an extraordinary/emergency meeting of the varsity steering group to discuss the case.
April 24, 2018 14:50 UTC
Even the young people brought by the Home Office directly from Calais are affected by delays and wider problems in the asylum process. The Home Office says it is committed to resolving 98% of cases within six moths, but says some child asylum cases are complex and take longer to resolve. Elaine Ortiz of the Hummingbird Project in Brighton knew the boy in Calais and went to his Home Office interview with him. “When I was told that there was a date for asylum interview to take place I was so happy, so very happy. A number of barriers can prevent an initial asylum decision being made, including the resolution of medical issues or the preparation of reports to support the individual’s claims.”
April 24, 2018 14:03 UTC
Amazon has begun offering deliveries direct to car boots for members of its Prime subscription service. The new Amazon Key In-Car service is available in 37 US cities for owners of 2015 or newer Volvo or General Motors vehicles, including Chevrolet, Buick, GMC or Cadillac brands. Users link their connected car to their Amazon account using the e-commerce firm’s Amazon Key app. Users get notifications through the Amazon Key app when their package is out for delivery, once it has been placed in the boot, and can track when their car was opened and closed. But this is not the first in-car delivery service.
April 24, 2018 13:41 UTC
The White House doctor’s confirmation hearings have been indefinitely delayed in the Senate. Before Trump spoke, Senate leaders delayed Jackson’s confirmation hearing, which had been set for Wednesday, citing “serious allegations”. Trump said: “This person, Admiral Jackson, Dr Jackson, is a wonderful man. The report suggested the White House consider replacing Jackson or Dr Jeffrey Kuhlman or both. White House and VA officials were quietly discussing a delay even as a White House spokesman, Hogan Gidley, praised Jackson early on Tuesday.
April 24, 2018 12:22 UTC
In 2015, Universal Music Group, the biggest player in the music industry, posted revenues of more than $5bn, about $1bn of which came from streaming. Today, it was announced that streaming music revenues had surpassed income from the sale of traditional formats for the first time last year. However, Rolling Stone has reported that artists and labels with greater clout in the industry are getting better rates. “That means we’ve got more money swirling around the whole company, allowing us to invest pretty heavily in A&R and development. The creation of so many activity-based playlists (music for running, music for relaxing) has also proven challenging for artists who make abrasive music.
April 24, 2018 12:15 UTC
Help us understand the causes of loneliness from your perspective, as study says young people are most likely to experience itShare your views on the causes of loneliness in young peopleNew research has found loneliness in young people to be a more significant marker than previously thought for issues such as mental health problems and trouble finding work. If you have experienced loneliness as a young person, we’d like to hear from you, and to understand both its causes and the symptoms. Share your views and experiencesWhy do you think young people are experiencing feelings of loneliness? Share your views and experiences by filling out the encrypted form below. We understand this is a sensitive issue so please consider carefully before you share your stories with us.
April 24, 2018 11:48 UTC
The Manchester Guardian kept me company on my solitary lunch breaks in 1958-59, from the hospital where I was a square peg – a trainee lab technician – in a round hole. The Guardian kept me in touch with the social issues that were my true love. The mid-to-late 1970s were a turbulent time in Egypt and I was dependent on visitors to bring me the Guardian Weekly from London. I count myself very fortunate to have met Irene Beeson, a Guardian correspondent, who introduced me to some very interesting parts of Cairo. Now when my time is split between north London and Victoria, Australia, I have regular access to my friendly Guardian Weekly.
April 24, 2018 10:52 UTC
A city councillor of a minority ethnic background was arrested after going to his local police station to report a crime because officers were searching for a suspect who “looked like” him. But Shah told the Guardian on Tuesday: “When I was being de-arrested, I said, ‘I want to know why I was arrested.’ I told them this is illogical. The police said: ‘We thought you were someone else.’“I’m a councillor, being a member of the police and crime panel. Instead of taking his statement, officers told him they believed he was a person suspected of making threats of violence and read him his rights. “We are extremely grateful for Cllr Shah’s contribution to community policing, both as a councillor and as a member of the police and crime panel.
April 24, 2018 10:48 UTC
At 7.8mm thick and 180g in weight, the P20 Pro feels thin with an luxurious quality to it. The P20 Pro lasts significantly longer than both Apple and Samsung’s best between charges, although not quite as long as the 50-hours the Mate 10 Pro lasts. The P20 Pro consistently lasted over 39 hours on a single charge without having to activate any power saving modes. VerdictWith the P20 Pro Huawei has finally produced something that I would recommend over competitors regardless of the price. The Mate 10 Pro was great, but Huawei has hit a home run with the P20 Pro.
April 24, 2018 09:11 UTC
How academic at centre of Facebook scandal tried – and failed – to spin personal data into goldAs Aleksandr Kogan goes before parliament on Tuesday to account for his role in the controversial harvesting of Facebook data that was later used by Cambridge Analytica, he leaves behind him two unsuccessful companies and a once-promising academic career. Instead, they would be rewarded with data – both the Facebook data and an additional dataset of 1 million citizens of Trinidad and Tobago – which they would go on to attempt to spin into both academic and commercial gold. After the Guardian’s publication of the December 2015 exposé, Facebook contacted Kogan and required him to delete the GSR data. The Guardian understands that the version of SurveyExtender marketed by Philometrics did not use the GSR Facebook data. “There were no Facebook data in the company Meltwater invested in.”She continued: “Alex never succeeded in building Philometrics into a successful company.
April 24, 2018 07:18 UTC
TSB battles to fix online banking after days of disruption – business live Read moreBut at the end of the working day, and with TSB branches closed, customers were still unable to access their accounts online. Customers reported waiting for more than an hour to get through to the phone banking service. Lee MacDonald, a former actor who starred as Zammo in Grange Hill, was among the small business owners affected. They’re not really a business bank.”Facebook Twitter Pinterest TSB chief executive Paul Pester. The payouts, which include a £1.6m bonus for Pester, were frozen after TSB was forced to delay the move from Lloyds to Sabadell last year.
April 24, 2018 07:00 UTC
Photograph: Matthew KeeganCardboard grannies are one of the most visible indicators of Hong Kong’s struggle to support its rapidly ageing population. According to researchers at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, the city now has the longest life expectancy in the world. “In Hong Kong, although many grassroots organisations have been fighting for a non-means tested state retirement scheme for over 20 years, the Hong Kong government refuse to provide it,” says Ng Wai-tung of the Society for Community Organization. In February the Hong Kong government announced a HK$138bn fiscal surplus for the year with the city’s fiscal reserves expected to reach HK$1.092tn. In a much-publicised case last year, an elderly cardboard collector in Hong Kong was arrested by officers after she was caught selling a cardboard box without a license for HK$1 to a domestic helper.
April 24, 2018 06:00 UTC
Nepalese troops serving in UN mission alleged to have raped two teenage girlsUN peacekeepers from Nepal are facing allegations of child rape in South Sudan, with a UN spokesman describing the case as “especially heinous”. “Any act of sexual abuse is horrendous,” Stéphane Dujarric, the spokesman for the UN secretary general, António Guterres, said. “One involving a child is especially heinous.”The allegations were received on 13 April and involve Nepalese troops serving in the UN mission in South Sudan who allegedly raped two teenage girls, UN officials said. UN identifies South Sudan military officers accused of war crimes Read moreThe UN has deployed 14,800 troops and police in South Sudan, with a mandate to protect civilians caught up in a brutal war between the forces of the president, Salva Kiir, and rebels. In February, 46 UN peacekeepers from Ghana were recalled from their base in north-western South Sudan after the mission received allegations of sexual exploitation of women.
April 24, 2018 03:00 UTC